Resisting COVID Depression, One Song at a Time

Who knew COVID would last this long? Did you, like me, feel a bit of hope last spring? We had the tools; we got the jab; the numbers started falling.

But . . . not everybody got the jab.

Then . . .


Now? Children are thrown into a virus laden cauldron while state legislatures pass laws prohibiting measures that would reduce the spread of a pandemic. Nurses are dropping like flies. A guy died in an emergency waiting room this week because there was no room for him in ICU.

And people with a high school diploma and an internet connection know better than the medical community. Instead of heeding the pleas of their doctors, they are taking horse-deworming medicine. Our local feed store has run out of it.

I guess next up--the horses start dying.

So, it looks like this thing is going to be with us for a while.

Okay, it's time for those of us with treatment-resistant depression, unresponsive bipolar, and longterm suicidality to step up to the plate. We have a bit of experience about surviving lunacy that does not let up.

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How to resist the forces that are dragging us down into a black hole with no end in sight? After we have given up hope as a liar and we have to figure out how to exist anyway?

The answer: Do every tiny little thing that offers the tiniest littlest bit of relief you can.

Hear me out. This week's tiny little thing, which actually is a tested and successful tool of resistance is - SING.

That's what I said. Sing.

In 2013 I reported on research about the physiological and social action benefits of singing. Here is an abbreviated version of that original post:

Hearts Beat as One

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